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Dogs Name: Kip, Capri (RIP)
Titles: Kip Mr. Behavior; Capri Mis-Behavior, DS#15
Dogs Age: 10 years Dec. 15, 2005, 7 years Dec. 14, 2008--January 20, 2016
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Well, Kip has taken doxycycline for the skin infections which went along with his allergies--but I don't remember any side effects like what you describe. Yours is just a baby however? I didn't think food allergies were common in the very young, though certainly skin infections can be. And you talk about other things which could be affecting his system, like the steroids or the food switch, for example. Or he could have developed a random urinary tract infection.
What a mess.
I would think that the best first step for you to take is to consult with your vet, however, rather than here. I guess today is a holiday, but I would get ahold of your vet as soon as he's available. You could call an emergency vet if you want to, in the meantime--not that this sounds to me like an emergency (I'm not a vet)--but you could make sure there is no possibility of your fellow coming to real harm while you wait, and maybe help yourself feel better about how to deal with your pup til he can be seen by your normal vet.
1. He could be having a reaction to the food which is not due to an allergy to any of its components.
2. Environmental allergies are much more common that food allergies.
3. A proper elimination food trial would involve you putting him on a very limited food for a couple of months, looking for a improvement in his condition during that time, and then introducing foods, one at a time, every six weeks or so and looking for a re-occurance of his problems.
4. If you are dashing about changing his foods every few weeks or so, it will make it much harder to identify a food culprit, because you will be introducing a lot of possibilities to weed out.
Last edited by melbrod; 01-01-2013 at 01:42 PM.